Michael Fagan MSP_6675

Professor Michael Fagan

Head of Medical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 465058

Professor Fagan is Head of Medical Engineering and research lead for Biomedical Engineering research in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. His expertise lies is in computational mechanobiology, in particular understanding the form and function of bone(s) using advanced modelling techniques with a special interest in skull biomechanics and associated conditions, and paediatric orthopaedics.


Research Interests

• modelling and simulation in medical and biological engineering

• computational mechanobiology

• understanding the form, function, growth and development of bone(s)

• biomechanics of mammal and reptile skulls

• biomechanics of insect heads

• biomechanics of wounds and wound management

• paediatric orthopaedics - Perthes', SCFE

• craniofacial conditions - craniosynostosis, cleft lip, cleft palate

• integration of multibody dynamics analysis and finite element analysis

• voxel-based finite element analysis

• 3Rs, replacement, refinement and reduction of animal experiments

Research groups

Professor Dominique Adriaens, Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, University of Ghent, Belgium. 

Dr Karl Bates, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool. 

• Professor Susan Evans, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL. 

Dr Flora Gröning, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen. 

Dr Anthony Herrel, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. 

• Dr Bing Ji, Department of Control Science and Engineering, ShanDong University, China. 

Dr Marc Jones, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia. 

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. 

Dr Carlo Meloro, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University. 

Dr Mehran Moazen, Mechanical Engineering, UCL.

Professor Peter Mossey, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee. 

Dr Dan Perry, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. 

Professor Emily Rayfield, Palaeobiology Research Group, University of Bristol. 

Professor Ulrich Witzel, Biomechanik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.


A Blanke, H Schmitz, A Patera, H Dutel, MJ Fagan. 2017. Form function relationships in dragonfly mandibles under an evolutionary perspective. R. Soc. Interface, 20161038.

A Blanke, PJ Watson, R Holbrey, MJ Fagan. 2017. Computational biomechanics changes our view on insect head evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society – Part B, 284: 20162412.

S Lautenschlager, P Gill, Z-X Luo, MJ Fagan, E Rayfield. 2016. Morphological evolution of the mammalian jaw adductor complex. Biological Reviews in Press.

MA Berthaume, CA Dobson, U Witzel, MJ Fagan. 2016. Skeletal immaturity, rostral sparing, and disparate hip morphologies as biomechanical causes for Legg-Calvé-Perthes’ disease. Clinical Anatomy, 29:759–772.

PJ Watson, F Gröning, N Curtis, L Fitton, A Herrel, S McCormack, MJ Fagan. 2014. Masticatory biomechanics in the rabbit: a multi-body dynamics analysis. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11:99, 20140564.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

NHS Medical Engineering in Practice

Finite Element Analysis for Medical and Biological Problems

Medical Device Development and Cardiovascular Devices

Research Skills and Project Planning

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications